Wood Betony, also referred to as Bishopswort, and simply as Betony, is a member of the mint family found in Europe, and was once held in high regard by ancient folk healers. Used as a herbal product for a host of human ills ranging from the common cold to warding off supernatural spirits, Betony is still used by herbal practitioners, though for a much more limited set of maladies.
Current use of the dried herb of Betony involves the use of a liquid extract or infusion as a herb that can be used for chronic headaches and to help support anxiety and nervousness. Wood Betony can also be used in supporting palpitations, asthma, bronchitis, and kidney stones. Like most herbs, Wood Betony possesses mild astringent properties, for which it is occasionally recommended to help support diarrhea, or as a mouthwash to soothe mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.
Betony contains relatively high amounts of tannin, explaining its astringent activity. It also contains choline, alkaloids and glycosides. One glycoside has been shown to help support healthy blood pressure levels, possibly supporting its use to help support anxiety and headaches.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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